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and secretary of state, john kerry. aflac is hoping to get funds for personnel and resources to help work towards peace and prosperity in the african nation. actor, seth ro gan is also testifying in the senate on behalf of alzheimer's funding. >>> a law that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers. live report minutes away. >>> capitol chaos. a deadly ending for a mother involved in a high speed chase. the family of the woman shot and -dad, why are you getting that? -that's my cereal. is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. is it a robot? no. is it a jet plane? nope. is it a dinosaur? [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] inside every box of heart healthy cheerios are those great tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. stickers? uh-uh. a superhero? ♪ kinda. [ male announcer ] and we think that's the best prize of all. ♪ >>> good afternoon. i'm chris lawrence in for jim hanley. >> i'm pat lawson muse. the hispanic association is the latest to come out against a controversial law in arizona. announcing it is p
and lesbians. secretary of state john kerry joining in to call on people saying if it becomes law the supreme court will surely strike it down. we have a reporter with the arizona hubble newspaper. those commenting on the legislation, it's not law yet, see it as discriminatory. i want to see how arizona got to this piece of legislation. tell me how this is tied to, and maybe differs from arizona's freedom of religion laws. >> that is an interesting question, how did arizona get to this moment? i wish we could speak to that, but where would we begin. the freedom of religion law passed in 1999 and existed at the federal lovel level in 1993. we inserted a line in this newest incarnation of the bill that talks specifically about a belief being sincerely held. that's where people are getting hung up and feeling like everybody feels that their beliefs are sincerely held. that is language added to this bill, and some say it clarifies. >> say the governor signs this piece of legislation into law, and businesses turn away gays and lesbians lead to go discrimination lawsuits. would it be up to a judge
a a embarrassing insense tomorro while kerry is in ukraine. in theory, if principal, total sanctions would hurt russia but lou, it is academic, it is not going to happen, europeans wils s wail and cry, and wring their hands, europe will do busess with russia, and china will do business with russia and iran circumstanc before the end of his term, patrio barack obama will do business with russia, putin has already 1. lou 1 -- run. lou: markets in t world, stock down 14%. these are dramatic moves, russia is vulnerable on a certain level. >> well, yes, i do think so. in principle, but i just do not believe that the obama administration can provide sufficient robust leadership to concern europe ane anes to impressanctions, there is so much that could be done but you hear just cancels visas, they can live without, that you have to hit bank accounts andra, and kick them out of a g-8, keep them out. and then germans don't top do, that i don't see western unity, but looking atputin, he knows what he wants and he will do what it takes to get it it is a tragedy we have a weak ling are in a president. >> t
. actor and director ben affleck melt with secretary of state john kerry this morning and moments ago, wrapped up testimony before the senate foreign relations committee. affleck was speaking about the continuing humanitarian crisis in the democratic republic of congo where militia attacks uprooted kong la ease in the past four months. meanwhile in the senate appropriations committee, seth rogan testified on the effects of alzheimer's disease. his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease when she was just 55 years old. >> thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert at something because that's cool. i don't know if you know who i am at all. you told me you never saw "knocked up." >> coming up, climate change is real. no really, it's real. bill nye and dr. jeffrey sax join me. the longer governor brewer waits to veto sb 1062, the worse it gets for her party. we talk grand old self-made problems next. [ male announcer ] it's 7am and steve is already thinking about tomorrow. which is why he's investing in his heart health by eat
on military maneuvers and secretary of state kerry says russian military action in ukraine would be a grave mistake. >>> fine print, the white house is proposing sweeping changes to nutrition labels that will impact almost everything we eat. >>> plus, jay leno's big announcement. >>> a smart phone for the super secret designed to self destruct. >>> and a fascinating study uncovers what our dog's expressions really mean. good morning, everybody. vetoed, arizona's governor strikes down a controversial anti-gay bill. arizona senator john mccain and former secretary of state hillary clinton praise his decision. >> thankfully the governor of arizona has vetoed the discriminatory legislation that was passed. recognizing that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about. >> demonstrators also cheered following the governor's decision. jay gray has the story. >> reporter: after six days of protests outside the arizona state house, with the stroke of a pen jan brewer changed the chan chants to cheers, vetoing senate bill 1062, controversial religious freedoms legislation that op
. so is the u.s. secretary of state. kerry says russian intervention would be a grave mistake. russia questioned the legitimacy of the new ukrainian leadership. ukrainian security forces are on high alert. >>> more breaking news from overnight. smoke in the cabin of a delta connection flight that landed in oakland, california. the plane made it to the jetway when about 80 people who flew from l.a. had to evacuate. >> leave all your belongings and get off this aircraft. we cannot breathe back here. go. >> flight attendants also opened the emergency exits, but no slides were deployed, and everyone deplaned normally. the investigation into what caused the smoke is under way. >>> more breaking news this morning, three people are dead in a plane crash in hawaii. small plane went down last night minutes after taking off from the lanai airport. the aircraft landed in an area of brush, caught fire one mile from the runway. its remote location made rescue difficult. three other people were also injured. the victims' identities have not yet been released. >>> californians are waking up this mor
kerry asking for an immediate and comprehensive study on how tar sands oil would affect health. on wednesday, both whitehouse and boxer said health impact of tar sands oil are being ignored. >> we need to clearly understand that as tar sands oil flows to our gulf coast refineries, it will increase toxic pollution that already travels here. >> it is important we make this decision with our eyes wide open to the health effects, to the climate effects, and not just take at gospel parts of a report. >> meanwhile, there are also growing concerns about the quality of the xl pipeline itself. i mean the physical pipeline itself. is it any good? when i was in nebraska, i spoke with a man named byron seskel. if the pipeline is approved it's going to run right through his land. he gave us i thought a very interesting illustration of the pipeline. >> this goes through your land, doesn't it? >> yes. it goes across my property, splits it right in half, 1.2 miles. my visual aid is this is how big the pipeline is, only it is not this thick. it is 0.478, something of that, and it's made in indi
with ukraine. >>> secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is prepared to offer the new ukraine government $1 billion in loan guarantees but he says russia must not get the wrong idea about american involvement in the ukrainian uprising. >> we are hoping that russia is not seeing this as sort of a continuation of the cold war. we do not see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east-west, russia-united states. this is not rocky iv, believe me we do not see it that way. >> introduced today as the main protest camp in kiev. tim friend is in ukrainian capitol. >> in a freezing independence square the politicians have been forces to consult the -- forced to consult the people who believe they achieved a revolution in ukraine. for those pitching to be part of a new ukraine, yetsenyuk, and yulia tymoshenko's fatherland party. >> this way people feel united. >> we believe maidan fulfilled its role. people need to fulfill their interests. we have to stand for what we want, and they act according to their wishes. that's how we'll get the future that we want. >> if anyone thought that fol
on this, but i did read today that secretary of state john kerry came out against this bill even though he's the secretary of state and this is strictly a domestic affairs issue. now i would be happier if secretary kerry would spend more time defending religious liberty abroad rather than attacking it at home. for example, he's spoken against this arizona bill, but i don't know that he's said anything about the 58 nigerians that were slaughtered yesterday which got a little two-paragraph mention in "the washington post." >> first of all, i want to thank you for raising that. i do think there actually is real religious persecution of christians around the world and we need to talk about that, but one thing i'm concerned about here, you and your organization are presenting this whole thing as if this christian community in this country are coming under this massive assault, yet now i think you have to change your position. you have christians rushing to this side, you have mormons rushing to this side. wouldn't you accede that this is not about the christians being set upon by anti-christian
a remarkable exclusive sit-down interview with secretary of state, john kerry, and made the news on everything from the crisis in the ukraine to north korea. take a listen. >>> what we're hoping is that russia will not see this as a sort of continuation of the cold war. we don't see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east/west russia/united states, this is not "rocky iv," believe me. >> why isn't this genocide? >> well, andrea, that gets into all kinds of definitions. what it is is wholesale killing of your own people. they have conducted executions using .122-millimeter aircraft guns to obliterate people and force people to watch these kinds of executions. this is an evil, evil place. and it requires enormous focus by the world in order to hold it accountable. >> that was nbc's andrea mitchell with secretary kerry doing what andrea does best. we'll be watching for reactions from that wide-ranging interview all day. catch andrea's show at 12:00 p.m. eastern time here on msnbc. i am at 1:00. we make a great time. next up on "ronan farrow daily," a third of our country is plunging
. >>> there is one more witness scheduled in the impaired driving trial of kerry kennedy. closing arguments and the jury may begin deliberating. yesterday was an emotional day for the daughter of robert f. kennedy and her family as we hear from abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: testifying in her own defense in her drug driving trial, normally private, kerry kennedy, opened up about her very public family. in in answering the defense's initial questions, the 54-year-old described her upbringing. affectionately referring to her father, the late robert f. kennedy, as, quote, daddy. also talking about her farther's assassination, saying, quote, i have ten brothers and sisters. my mother raised us because my father died when i was 8. he was killed when he was running for president. kennedy's 85-year-old mother ethel, who rarely makes public appearances, her sister and three daughters were also in court. now the third day of trial is over, now a single misdemeanor count of driving while impaired, kennedy says in july of 2012 she accidentally took a prescription sleep pill with her breakfast i
is the secretary of state, john kerry has been doing so. so, too, has chuck hagel, the secretary of defense. all making very loud and clear and public statements that they are watching. that they are concerned and that they want this to all be resolved peacely. russia is bound by treaty that it signed with other nations when ukraine first became independent after the fall of the soviet union. voluntarily gave up its nuclear arsenal. russia is bound by treaty, not to intervene in ukraine. so that is the legal basis that people are hoping will be respected. >> christiane amanpour, appreciate your insight this morning. thanks so much. >>> also new this morning, tensions are rising along the korean peninsula. south korea says its communist neighbor to the north, north korea, has fired four short-range missiles into the east sea. north korea has been protesting joint military drills that are now being conducted by the united states and south korea. >>> a routine flight from los angeles to oakland ended with a quick evacuation in almost complete darkness for passengers and crew aboard a delta sky west
for protection. secretary of state john kerry's warning russia not to make a, quote, grave mistake by sending troops to ukraine. >>> meanwhile, pro-russian forces are taking a stand in the important region of crimea. clarissa ward is there where a new troop took control. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. russian news agencies are reporting that viktor yanukovych, the ousted president, may already be in moscow, that he's being granted refuge by the russian government after he claimed that his life was in danger from extremists. he also said that he is still the legitimate president of ukraine. meanwhile, in the south of the country, in the important crimea region, a tense armed standoff continues. there was chaos and confusion in crimea this morning after armed gunmen took over regional government buildings and flew the russian flag. "nobody knows what's going on inside at the moment," this man said. "we only saw the building being taken over, some 30 fully armed people ran inside." the events came on the heels of clashes yesterday between pro-russian demonstrators an
john kerry is going to have difficult fi in explaining america's position when it comes to equal rights. >> josh, these things get pushed in the republican legislatures by the ted cruz wing of republicanism, which is number one, we don't care about the party. number two, we just want to cast this vote. we don't care. we would like to win, but if we don't win, it's important for us to cast this vote saying we want this. how is anyone going to be able to suppress that in the republican legislatures? >> i think it's happened in arizona right now. i think you're seeing in ohio, the bill that was proposed has been withdrawn by its sponsors. there are certain things that have tremendous grassroots energy behind them on the right. where there's resistance, business group, certain national politicians like mitt romney trying to push the party to the center on this issue. in some cases you get a lot of pu pushback. i think there's a real distinction to be drawn in arizona. people look at sb-1070, the anti-immigration bill. why did she veto this but sign that. sb-1070 is popular in arizona. she's
'll continue to monitor developments in ukraine. >>> for the record, we invited secretary of state kerry to join us today. but although the white house put him out on all the other broadcast sunday shows, they declined to make him available to us or you. >>> up next, former irs official lois lerner refused to testify about the targeting of conservative groups. now darrell issa wants to question her again based on new okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. [ bottle ] ensure®. nutrition inharge™. afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protecon. and because usaa'commitment to serve current and former military members andheir families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. then don't
clinton to run than vice president joe biden. secretary of state kerry said late today that it would be "a grave mistake" for russia to send troops into neighboring ukraine. last weekend the ukrainian president was topple bide violent protests. today, russia unexpectedly mobilized troops near the border in what it calls a training exercise. clarissa ward is in the ukrainian capital kiev. >> reporter: tonight, ukraine's opposition leaders chose independence square, the center of the revolution, to introduce the country's new government. to booing from somef crowd. parliament must ratify the new ministers tomorrow, but for some there were too many familiar faces on stage. katerina say 27-year-old teacher. >> people are angry. especially these days, people are very angry. >> reporter: ukraine's ousted president, viktor yanukovych, fled the capital five days ago, following a week of violence in which 80 protesters were killed. now, the country is trying to move forward, but it won't be easy. ukraine is almost bankrupt. it needs $35 billion over the next two years. so far, russia has refused to
to put troops near the ukranian board. secretary of state john kerry warns them against taking military action. according to the government sore, ukranian president viktor yanukovych is hiding out in russia. >>> arizona governor jan brewer has vetoed a lightning rod of a bill that pitted religious beliefs against gay rights. omarville franco reports that brewer says she saw no legitimate need for the new law. >> reporter: arizona governor jan brewer's veto brought an end to senate bill 1062. >> i have not heard one example in arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated. >> reporter: the bill would have allowed businesses to refuse service to people on religious grounds. opponents say its purpose was to discriminate against homosexuals among others. since the republican-backed measure cleared the legislature last week, arizona residents and merchants made their feelings clear. thousands have called or petitioned the governor to vote their way. on wednesday, 2,000 hispanic lawyers canceled their 2015 national convention here and there were reports the nfl was cons
with tens of millions ever americans battling the brutal cold. >>> taking the stand, kerry kennedy set to testify at her drunk driving trial this morning. will that help or hurt her case? >>> and welcome home, fresh from their gold-medal winning performance in sochi. >> davis and white lit up the ice. >> olympic ice dancing champs meryl davis and charlie white take to our rink here in rockefeller center only on "today," wednesday, february 26th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on the west coast at 7:00 a.m. and as unusual as it sounds, it is snowing. the plaza cam. not sticking too much. but snowing well. >> meantime out west, we have a rain. >> this is a double-edged sword. the areas are so dry, they will not absorb. they are worried about mudslides and three-hour delays at san francisco's airport. it will be a mess. >>> we have an interesting story coming up. do you worry about your underage son or daughter getting their hands on alcohol? using hid
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states stand on this situation? secretary of state john kerry saying that this is not about the united states versus russia. watch. >> we're hoping that russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the cold war. we don't see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east/west, russia/united states. this is not "rocky iv." march good of to have you here -- martha: good to have you here, bret baier. they may not want vladimir putin to perceive as a cold war chess game, but perhaps he does. >> yeah. it was interesting to hear the secretary of state it's not rocky iv, you know, 1985, rocky balboa against ivan drago -- martha: very food trivia. >> and and rocky wins in the end. critics are saying vladimir putin may be looking at reruns and wants drago to win this time, and they want the u.s. maybe to have a little bit more stallone. it's clear that putin is making moves here with his military and all the thing that amy kellogg just talked about. this is happening realtime, hour by hour, and the create mania region -- crimea region is vulnerable. there's stuff happening. the
and secretary of state kerry says russian military action in ukraine would be a grave mistake. >>> fine print, the white house is proposing sweeping changes to nutrition labels that will impact almost everything we eat. >>> plus, jay leno's big announcement. >>> a smart phone for the super secret designed to self destruct. >>> and a fascinating study uncovers what our dog's expressions really
the united states has undergone a review of our relationship." secretary of state john kerry did say yesterday the u.s. would begin an internal review of our relationship and engagement with uganda including assistance programs. meanwhile the "wall street journal" reports other countries are not waiting. norw norway, denmark and the net elands announced they'll withhold further aid to the nation of uganda because of this issue. it was a big deal when hillary clinton gave her human rights day speech in 2011 when she said for the united states, gay rights are human rights and our country will consider gay rights issues when dealing with other countries around the world from this point forward. but that speech was not just a big deal for hillary clinton as a figure in american politics. hillary clinton as a potential political candidate. she was speaking as secretary of state and that was a big deal for u.s. foreign policy. what we're seeing right now, today, is a test of whether or not that was just talk or whether that is the new u.s. foreign policy and what happened in uganda is actu
democratic future. secretary of state john kerry says they need russia's help as well, adding it's not in moscow's interest for ukraine to face economic collapse. >>> according to scientists radiation from the fukushima disaster has not reached southern california. radioactive could arrive by spring but experts say they're not going to pose any threat to human health. . scientists with the misinformation of at poison from the west coast. three years that anniversary. >>> the family of the oklahoma man who allegedly died in police custody releasing video of that incident. police say 44-year-old elizabeth rodriguez was combative when questioned outside of a movie theater in more, oklahoma. rodriguez's wife recorded the incident on her cell phone, in fear, she said, for her husband's life. >> he doesn't move. >> we'll take care of him. >> he doesn't move! you kill him! you kill him! >> reporter: taking him face down on to the pavement, pepper spraying his mouth, notion and eyes. and putting the weight of five grown men on top of him. and then handcuffing him as he was unconscious or
a pleasure. >> afghanistan is one of the topics on the table today when john kerry sits down with my pal andrea mitchell. it's a live and exclusive interview right at lunchtime, noon eastern, 9:00 a.m. on the west, right here on msnbc. >>> up next, my conversation with florida governor rick scott. it's part of our tdr 50, and a look at florida. plus, speaking of the sunbelt, all eyes on arizona. the fate of the controversial bill that some say would legalize discrimination against gays in the state of arizona. it's sitting in governor jan brewer's hands, and apparently she enjoys this hot potato. a look at today's politics planner. the president is on the road, headed to st. paul where i'm wondering if it's less snowy than it is here in washington. you're watching "the daily rundown." he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills. ♪ yup. another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve.
-government protesters in a pro russia strong hold. secretary of state john kerry addressed the up rising in an exclusive interview with our very own andrea mitchell. he had strong words for vladimir putin. >> i think russia needs to be very careful in the judgments that it makes going forward here. we are not looking for confrontation, but we are making it clear that every country should respect the territorial integrity here. this is not rocky iv. >> from tough talk by the nation's top diplomat to a warning from the nation's top military officer. one day after the president ordered the pentagon to prep for a troop withdrawal by the end of this year the chairman of the joint chiefs is weighing in. in an interview with nbc this afternoon, general martin dempsey warned about potential consequences. >> we don't want that to re-occur. we don't want afghanistan to become a safe haven in any way, and in order for that to -- in order to prevent that future, we need a stable, reliable partner. we need an afghan government that rejects the presence of al qaeda inside its borders and we need security forces on th
nuclear news this morning. secretary of state john kerry says military action should be a last resort in the effort to get iran to abandon its nuclear activities. the secretary says the u.s. has an obligation to pursue negotiations with tehran first. iran struck a preliminary agreement with six world powers, including the united states, to halt its most sensitive nuclear operations, getting relief from some economic sanctions in return. president obama has said that all options are on the table regarding iran's nuclear program. >>> in syria this morning, hezbollah fighters are said to be taking the lead against rebels in syria's 3-year-old civil war. hezbollah in tandem with regime forces prevented a rebel takeover of damascus. nearly 200 rebel soldiers have been killed in this ongoing battle in a region just east of the capital. >>> a bill aimed at taking the prosecution of sex assaults and other crimes out of the hands of military commanders is expected to come up for a senate vote in the next few weeks. on wednesday, lawmakers heard from victims who said they felt abandoned by thei
the ukranian border now. secretary of state john kerry is warning them against military action! according to anonymous government source ukranian president viktor yanukovych is hiding out now in russia. >>> it's a growing problem for pet owners. more and more dogs and cats are eating marijuana and in some cases, it can be deadly. it's now easier than ever for people to get access to marijuana especially in colorado where pot is legal. that means it's also easy for their pets to find the pot. >> what we're seeing is dogs getting into the baked products. >> a 24-hour animal hospital in colorado says there's been a sharp increase in the number of dogs that have eaten edible marijuana and often the diagnosis is not good. >>> terror aboard a flight to the bay area when a cabin fills with smoke. cell phone video one passenger took as flight attendants rushed to get people off the plane. >> reporter: the rain has let up here in the north bay. but there are new water restrictions in the south bay. we'll take a look at the recent storms and their effects coming up next. ,, ,,,,,, television announ
. thank you, sir. for the record, we invited secretary of state kerry to join us today. butt although he put him out on all the broadcast sunday shows, they declined to make him available us to or you. lois learner refused to testify. now house oversight committee chair david isa wants to question her again based on new information he uncovered. we'll have an exclusive interview. if ...hey breathing's hard... know the feeling? copd includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. spiriva is a once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that helps open my obstructed airways for a full 24 hours. spiriva helps me breathe easier. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. discuss all medicines you take, even eye drops. stop taking spiriva and seek immediate medical help if your breathing suddenly worsens, your throat or tongue swells, you get hives, vision changes or eye pain, or problems passing
of investigating what their options would be. >> well, i think various cabinet secretaries like john kerry and chuck hagel have been working the phones on both sides, with putin, leaders in ukraine, ange angela merkel. the president has communicate to putin we can't afford a retriggering of cold war lines, that ukraine should not be forced to choose between moscow on one side and europe of the both. chuck hagel had a talk today with the russian defense minister, a very, very tough talk and officials said it was conveyed in our eyes russia invaded ukraine today and then asked for permission later from the russian parliament. >> sure. heather, to that point, though, what options does president obama really have? we're talking about things like potential sanctions, like boycotting the g-8. but what leverage does the united states really have with russia at this point? >> we have some but it's limited. the political consequences, which we are talking about boycotting the g-8 and perhaps making it the g-7 and disinviting russia. they no longer really bronx in that group. you would see targeted
their problems stemmed from 9/11. >> kerry kennedy expected to testify in a new york court today to defend herself against charges she was driving under the influence of ambien. she said she took the pill by mistake and didn't realize she was impaired. >> lawyers for justin bieber have until this afternoon to stop the release of police video taken after bieber's arrest taken last month for drunk driving. some of that footage may show bieber in various states of undress. those are some top stories on this wednesday, february 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. is this the craziest winter ever. >> it really is. >> seems that way, doesn't it? >> that brief warm-up was such a tease over the weekend. it felt like spring, now it is freezing again. >> back to the ice box we go. we begin this half hour with the relentless winter. the worst in years. refusing to reless its grip on a frozen nation. >> with spring weeks away, another morning of below zero cold in the midwest, while the first of two of major storms is hitting california this morning. our cover
. >> thanks rich. >> thank you, guys. >>> we'll get the latest on that kerry kennedy trial. the 54-year-old daughter of robert kennedy expected to take the stand today defending herself against charges for driving under the influence of ambien. abc's mara schiavocampo is tracking this case. >> reporter: tuesday the court was packed with kennedys. the famous family out in full force for kerry kennedy's misdemeanor drugged driving trial including her mother, 85-year-old ethel kennedy who is rarely seen in public. some also showed up on the witness stand, rory kennedy testifying her sister, quote, has a reputation for sobriety and general healthy living." another character witness, family friend reverend jerry creeden. >> his great heart -- >> reporter: who spoke at senator ted kennedy's funeral. of kennedy the minister said i've never seen her drunk. the 54-year-old niece of president john f. kennedy is facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired in july of 2012. allegedly hitting a tractor trailer after she claims she took the prescription ambien with her breakfast instead of a
john kerry warned pie continue this should not be a cold war games. >> this is not rocky four, believe me. >> mean wile, pro western protestors cut down the fence surrounding the parliament building demanding they be close to the people. a strong show of force in pursuit of a new ukraine. not far from this occupied parliament building in the crimean, russia has a large the ukrainian government has said if any russian personnel leave that facility, they will interpret that as an act of aggression. >> it's getting more complicated. >>> new fierce also in afghanistan as the u.s. speeds up plans for a full troop withdrawal. president obama is telling afghan president hamid karzai to sign a deal or the u.s. is pulling out. but it's not so simple. back here, the idea of bringing the troops home sounds great. the top american military officer says a full withdrawal could em bolden the taliban. tricky situation, barbara. >> good morning. tricky indeed. martin dempsey back here in washington this morning arriving from afghanistan where he told reporters that this notion of a zero option, a full
kerry said late yesterday the u.s. does not want this to become a replay the cold war, u.s. versus russia. he said and i quote, it is about the people of ukraine making a choice for the future. we hear the people of ukraine are making a few more choices. interim government today disbanding the special riot police thought to be responsible for some of the killing in recent violent clashes. later today we hear they will announce a new lineup for the new transitional government that has got to be put in place there. that can country is in economic dire straits as we've been reporting. figure is something like $35 billion in the hole. washington looking at helping to bail ukraine out. martha: stakes very high for the people of ukraine. greg, thank you very much. bill: there is another alert. nasa set to release report today of a near death of an italian astronaut who nearly died during a spacewalk last summer, got very little attention. he nearly drowned when his helmet filled with water. the space agency admit that the suit leaked water once before but nothing was ever done about it.
russia not to seize ukraine territory. or reimpose the ousted ukraine president. secretary kerry spoke with andrea mitchell. >> mr. putin should listen carefully to ukraine who have voiced their desire for change. we are hoping that russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the cold war. we don't see it that way. >> reporter: yanukovych now in exile in russia today claims he is still the legitimate president of this country. we are seeing the emergence of two rival governments, a parliament in kiev pro-europe and one in crimea that remains pro-russia. >>> two years after the cruise ship hit a reef the captain of costa concordia returned to the wreck site today as part of his trial. ayman mohyeldin is covering the trial from london. >> reporter: for the first time since he left the trip as captain he is returning to the costa concordia as a defendant. even locals are surprised the captain often called most hated man in italy would return. we have been a little bothered by that because we think he is somewhat guilty of all what happened said this resident. he is back along wi
to nato or the warnings of u.s. secretary of state john kerry. >> again, the former president, viktor yanukovych, he fleeing to russia is not necessarily surprising, being a pro russian president. he would probably try to seek refuge in russia. from russia's perspective, it's quite difficult to deny that refugee status to the president. with rewards to nato and russia exchanging this rhetoric, i think both sides are quite concerned about the escalation have events especially in crimea. it is a tension point and both nato and russia and also u.s. are -- >> but this is the matter of the law in this case and the case of president viktor yanukovych, a wanted man in ukraine, a fugitive on the run. russia in this case is harboring a fugitive. >> the russian government would argue that the current government in ukraine wasn't necessarily legitimately elected, so they're not really under pressure to release the president or extradite him if those reports are confirmed, actually that he is in russia, a hotel in kremlin to start with. so we are looking into it, also a face saving issue for russ
of the hour, is the cold war brewing? john kerry says this is not rocky iv. but putin may not be sure about that. the aggressive moves happening in the ukraine. talk to brett about that, and obama care horror stories all made up. but we beg to differ. and that's coming up. and justin beiber, weighing in on the jail time. we'll see you at the top of the hour. . >>> medical headlines. turns out men have biological clocks too. a 34-year-old dad's kids are 25 times more likely to be bipolar. the reason? the older you get, the more your je genes mutate. and your infant cannot read. a study out of new york university shows that babies given reading programs score the same on tests as those who didn't have the reading program. infants and toddlers, you have the day off. go crazy. ♪ >>> my insurance was cancelled because of obamacare. now the out of pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable. if i do not receive my medicati medication,ly die. >> jouulie was an average mothe from michigan and now is a top target for democrats from people like harry reid who says the stories are not true. >> lies
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